Drugs, guns, vehicles and approximately $575,000 in cash cap off the list of items seized as part of the Vancouver Police Department’s Project Trooper.
The drug trafficking investigation began across the Lower Mainland approximately six months ago.
In September 2014, police were made aware that a criminal organization were selling marginalized members of the Downtown Eastside a variety of drugs, said Superintendent Mike Porteous, reading from a statement. It’s also believed the organization was shipping drugs to Alberta and Vancouver Island.
120 police officers involved in search warrants in Metro Vancouver
Porteous said that 11 search warrants were executed in Vancouver, Coquitlam, New
Westminster, Surrey and Maple Ridge on March 11, in partnership with policing partners and investigators from the Vancouver Police Organized Crime Section.
The seizures included the following: 20.5 kg of cocaine; 1.6 kg of heroin; 12.2 kg of methamphetamine; 23,000 fentanyl pills; 228 grams of phenacetin; 12 fire arms with ammunition, including handguns, shotguns, rifles and assault rifles; a crossbow; a radio jamming device; seven vehicles – four of them with hidden compartments; and approximately $575,000 in cash. The street value of the seized drugs is estimated at $1.8 million.
The recommended charges against 11 people – some women, but mostly men – include drug and weapon offences.The recommended charges against 11 people – some women, but mostly men – include drug and weapon offences.
Metro Vancouver’s law enforcers have a common objective
“We have a common goal and that is to target violent and predatory dangerous criminals and take them off the street,” said Porteous.
He added fentanyl-laced heroin, oxycodone and a variety of other party drugs have resulted in the deaths of many occasional drug users.
On March 2, Porteous said police and health authorities launched ‘Know Your Source, Be Drug Smart’, an awareness campaign designed to educate the public about the dangers of fentanyl, and encourages those who choose to do so with caution.
“Fentanyl can cross all levels of society,” said Porteous. “Not just addictive people.”